Author Archive for Janice Abel

Devon Energy Uses Real-time Visibility to Improve Trucking Operations

Devon Energy generates huge volumes of data. The company’s real-time data system monitors 6.5 million data points from multiple sites, with more than 10,000 updates per second.  Devon Energy has worked to change real-time visibility into actionable insights for better truck scheduling.

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ArcelorMittal Optimizes Supply Chain Logistics with Predictive Analytics

Michel Plourde, Systems Director at ArcelorMittal Canada, recently briefed ARC Advisory Group about the supply chain challenges surrounding the company’s decision in 2012 to expand its iron ore pellet production in Canada.  These challenges largely involved eliminating logistics bottlenecks created by an inability to adapt quickly to disruptions and changes to plans. ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, operates two interdependent companies in Quebec: ArcelorMittal Mines Canada and ArcelorMittal Infrastructure Canada.  Following a recent 10 million […]

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Specialty Foundry Reacts to Customer-Mandated Continuous Improvement Requirements

Palmer Foundry, based in Palmer, Massachusetts is a small, privately owned specialty foundry. Palmer operates with low overhead from its two facilities; approximately 80 percent of the company’s 75 employees are shop floor and maintenance workers. It uses advanced casting technologies to produce aluminum castings to meet highly demanding specifications for the semiconductor manufacturing equipment industry and other industries as well. Customers expected that qualified vendors had a continuous improvement program in place; one that […]

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Protecting Your Supply Chain from Counterfeit Products

Counterfeiting is a growing and pervasive problem across all industries. However, in the electronics, consumer products, food, pharmaceutical, medical devices, aerospace, defense, and automotive industries it is particularly frightening because it threatens consumer health and safety, as well as corporate profits and brand equity. Counterfeiting is increasing worldwide, with counterfeiters using increasingly more sophisticated techniques and consumers purchasing more goods online. The value of counterfeit products was expected to reach $1 trillion globally in 2010, […]

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